(Closed) DIY Margins

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

What software program are you using to design your invites?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

OOH, Word is so frustrating like that!!! To save your sanity, I would highly recommend switching to Microsoft Powerpoint. Create a new file, then go to File-> Page Setup. There you can enter the actual size of the paper you are using. Click OK. Then go to View-> Master-> Slide Master. This will be the background for each page you create. Delete anything that is already there, and draw some lines to represent your margins. Then close the Master. Now copy your text from your Mocrosoft file and get it just how you want it. When you’re ready to print, go back to the master and delete your margin lines so they don’t print.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I purchased some 4.25 x 6 postcards from Paper Source thinking that I could it’s the perfect size for RSVP postcards and could save me time and money on cutting paper.  After designing the RSVP, I discovered that I couldn’t print the design onto the paper.  The design started from the edge, but the printer imposed its own margins creating blank space and messing up the design.  The problem was the printer….which didn’t have borderless printing. I tried making the design into a .jpg or .gif, but it came out pixelated.

My suggestion is to check what type of printer you have see if there’s a paper setting to help with your margin situation.  Try it with some test paper.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’d highly recommend using something like the Gimp to design your invitations. I cannot express how much better it has worked for me.

That being said, the Gimp has issues with printing (at least for me) and was giving me all sorts of funky alignments/margins, no matter what I did. So, I saved my design as a JPEG (make the image the exact size you want it to print at when you first create it in your image software) and then imported that into Word. Then, do page setup in Word to have 0 margins (it will warn you that the margins are outside the printable area…do it anyway!)  and the page size to be the size you are printing (in my case 4.5×6.5 in). This worked perfectly for me. Obviously, some of this is dependent on your printer, but ignore the warnings Word gives you and you might be pleasantly surprised. 

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